Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Red Spikes Beanie




Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you had an amazing Christmas this year with your loved ones. After I finished all my Christmas projects, I had so much left over red yarn, among them is this skein of chunky Bonbon yarn. And what's better than a beanie. So here it is, it only took me a day to design and finish it. I hope enjoy making it as much as i did.

Yarn: Bonbon  Kalin (1 Skein) 100g / 130 mt 100% Acrylic in color 98237.
Hook: 7 mm.
Size : approx. 58.5 cm / 23 inch circumference  and 21.5 cm / 8.5 inch in height (woman adult size).

Spike Tutorial:

3 loops Spike

Skip the next st, yo, insert hook in the st marked 1 (one round below one st to the right), yo, pull a loop, insert hook in the st marked 2 ( two rounds below under the skipped st), yo, pull a loop, insert the hook in the st marked 3 (one round below and one st to the left), yo, pull a loop, yo, pull through all six loops. ch 1 to close the spike st.



5 Loops Spike

Skip the next st, yo, insert hook in the st marked 1 (one round below two st to the right), yo, pull a loop, insert hook in the st marked 2 ( two rounds below one st to the right), yo, pull a loop, insert the hook in the st marked 3 (three rounds below under the skipped st), yo, pull a loop, insert the hook into the st marked 4 (two rounds below and one st to the left), yo, pull a loop, insert the hook in the st marked 5 (one round below two sts to the left), yo, pull a loop, yo, pull through all six loops. ch 1 to close the spike st.



Important note: ignore the st marked below when you are working the next round in both spikes. 



Pattern:

Start with a magic ring
Round 1: into the magic ring make 6 sc, sl st into the 1st sc. (6 sts)
Round 2: ch 1 (doesn't count as a st), 2 sc into every st, sl st into the 1st chain. (12 sts)
Round 3: ch 1, (2 sc into the next st, 1 sc into the next st) repeat to the end, sl st into the 1st chain. (18 sts)
Round 4: ch 1, (2 sc into the next st, 1 sc into the next 2 sts) repeat to the end, sl st into the 1st chain. (24 sts)
Round 5: ch 1, ( 2 sc into the next st, 1 sc into the next st, skip one st, make 3 loops spike st, 1 sc into the next st) repeat to the end, sl st into the 1st ch. (30 sts)
Round 6: ch 1, (2 sc into the next st, 1 sc into the next 4 sts) repeat to the end, sl st into the 1st chain. (36 sts)
Round 7: ch 1, (2 sc into the next st, 1 sc into the next 5 sts) repeat to the end, sl st into the 1st chain. (42 sts)
Round 8: ch 1, (2 sc into the next st, 1 sc into the next 6 sts) repeat to the end, sl st into the 1st chain. (48 sts)
Round 9: ch 1, ( 2 sc into the next st, 1 sc into the next 3 st, skip one st, make 5 loops spike st, 1 sc into the next 3 st) repeat to the end, sl st into the 1st ch. (54 sts)
Round 10: ch 1, (2 sc into the next st, 1 sc into the next 8 sts) repeat to the end, sl st into the 1st chain. (60 sts)
Round 11: ch 1, (2 sc into the next st, 1 sc into the next 9 sts) repeat to the end, sl st into the 1st chain. (66 sts)
Round 12: ch 1, sc into every st to the end. (66 sts)
Round 13: ch 1, (sc in the next 2 sts, skip the next st, make 5 loops spike, 1 sc into the next 10 sts) repeat 4 more times, skip the next st, make 5 loops spike, 1 sc into the next 8 sts, sl st into the 1st chain.
Round 14, 15 and 16: repeat round 12.
Round 17: ch 1, sc into the next 8 sts, ( skip the next st, make a 5 loops spike, sc into the next 10 sts) repeat 4 more times, skip the next st, make 5 loops spike, sc into the last 2 sts, sl st into the 1st ch of the round.
Round 18, 19 and 20: repeat round 12.
Round 21: repeat round 13.
Round 22, 23 and 24: repeat round 12.
Round 25: repeat round 17.
Round 26, 27 and 28: repeat round 12.
Round 29: repeat round 13.
Round 30: repeat round 12.
Round 31: ch 1, make crab (reverse single crochet) st in every st. sl st into the 1st ch. cut off the yarn and weave in the loose end.






If you have any questions or notes leave me a comment below.

Happy Crocheting!













Thursday, December 22, 2016

Bobbley Winter Scarf


Hello everyone, I recently learned how to make the bobble stitch from this easy video tutorial. I knew immediately that I wanted to make a scarf full of bobbles. I like the 3D look they give. After a few trails I came up with this lovely scarf. It's approximately 168 cm X 20 cm / 66 inch X 8 inch. The scarf is worked in multiples of 12 plus 7. The pattern is written in American terminology.



The yarn I used is Kartopu bebe 100% acrylic 50 g/ 150 mt in colors K019 ( 4 Skeins) and K763 ( 2 skeins), with a hook size 4.00 mm.


Pattern:

With the pink yarn make 332 ch

Row 1: in the second ch from the hook make a sc, sc into each ch. ch 1, turn. (331 scs)
Row 2: sc in the next 3 sts, (bobble st in the next st, sc in the next 3 sts) repeat 81 more times, ch 1, turn. ( 82 bobbles)
Row 3: sc into each st, cut off the yarn and weave in the loose end.

With the white yarn

Row 4: make a standing dc (or ch 3) in the last sc that you made, dc into each st, ch 3 (count as the first dc in the next row), turn.
Row 5: dc into each st, ch 1, turn.
Row 6: sc into the next 9 sts. (bobble st in the next st. sc into the next 11 sts) repeat 25 times, bobble st into the next st, sc into the next 9 sts, ch 1, turn.
Row 7: sc into each st, ch 1, turn.
Row 8: (sc into the next 7 sts, bobble st into the next st, sc into the next 3 sts, bobble st into the next st) repeat 26 times, sc into the last 7 sts. ch 1, turn.
Row 9: repeat row 7.
Row 10: sc into the next 9 sts. (bobble st in the next st. sc into the next 11 sts) repeat 25 times, bobble st into the next st, sc into the next 9 sts, ch 3 (count as the first dc in the next row), turn.
Row 11: dc into each st, ch 3 (count as the first dc in the next row), turn.
Row 12: dc into each st, cut off the yarn and weave in the loose end.

With the pink yarn

Row 13: make a standing sc in the last st that you made, sc into each st, ch 1, turn. 
Row 14: sc in the next 3 sts, (bobble st in the next sc, sc in the next 3 sts) repeat 81 more times, ch 1, turn. ( 82 bobbles)
Row 15: sc into each st, cut off the yarn and weave in the loose end.

Repeat Rows 4- 15 two more times.

Happy crocheting, and Merry Christmas.


Check out my previous blog post Day Light Colors Scarf and Hat.





















Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Day Light Colors Scarf and Hat



Hi friends, I was looking for a pattern of scarf online one day, when my eyes fell in love with a scarf knitted with multicoloured yarn by Hither and Yarn. It looked very complex at first, but when I read all the instructions, it was so easy that I started knitting it immediately, but with my own choice of yarn , and it turned out to be very nice. Of course I changed the number of stitches to match with my yarn and used needles suitable for it, and for width I preferred for the scarf. the braid knitted scarf has to have a maximum number of stitches that can be divided by three, so mine has 48 stitches. 

The yarn I used is Nako Baby Lollipop 100% premium acrylic 100 g/ 230 m (2 Skeins) in colour 80439, and Alize Happy Baby 65% acrylic 35% polyamide 100 g /350 m in colour white 55 and yellow 187 for the crochet edging. Knitting needles 3.5 mm/ 4 US, Crochet hook 3.5 mm / 4 US.




The Scarf


When I finished it, another sparkle ignited in my mind. Why not make a crochet border, because the edges seemed not very neat.










I took a single coloured yarn (which was white as you can see) and made a double crochet at each knitted row, three dc at each corner, it looked so jammed, so I undid all the work, after two or three trials, the best thing I got was dc at each alternate knitting row and four dc at each corner. I also crocheted a two colour chain edging row using white and yellow yarn, and this what came out, hope you like it. It’s for my daughters by the way.


The Hat:

Then I became ambitious, why not make a hat too, so I started knitting the same way and reached the same width (48 stitches), about sixty cm long to fit my daughter"s head circumference.After I finished it, the seams looked so silly. I thought a little, why not make a provisional cast on and enter the pattern far from the beginning, and so it was and when I reached the desired length, I just joined the two seams with Kitchener stitch and here you see, a very beautiful band.

A band, no I wanted to make a hat. So I made a round cover at the top and a nice edging at the bottom. I started picking up stitches from every alternate row edge of the band with a circular needles, and knitted in rounds, decreasing stitches alternately each row, unfortunately it turned out to be ugly, (wait a little more, be patient I almost finished), another trial won’t hurt, another day maybe.




Making the top cover of the hat:



1st row: with white yarn, start a provisional cast on, making 18 sts (one third of total number of the band stitches 16 sts+ 2 sts). Knit a row.








Attach it with the edge of the first knitted row of the band by making a stitch with a crochet hook, and slip it to the needle. (19 st total).




2nd row: 2ktog, k to the last 2 sts, turn thread forward, slip one of the remaining two stitches to the right needle, turn thread backward, turn work.(18 sts, 16 knitted only).


3rd row: slip stitch (the slipped one in 2nd row), turn thread backward, k to the end of the row, make an attached stitch using the crochet hook, and slip it to the needle. (19 st total).

4th row: 2ktog, k to the last 3 sts, turn thread forward slip stitch, to the right needle, turn thread backward, turn work.(18 sts, 15 knitted only).

Repeat the 3rd and 4th rows but by decreasing the knitted stitches each even number row, (this technique is called short rows knitting), until you have only the last stitch to knit, and after you make the attachment stitch with the crochet hook. turn and work as follows:



2ktog, pick the thread that is around the last slipped stitch and knit the two together (the thread and the slipped stitch), repeat to the last slipped stitch, k the last stitch. By now you have finished one wedge of the top cover of the hat, repeat the work as much as need depending on your hat size (mine has five wedges).










When all wedges are finished, you will need to do one more Kitchener stitch to seam the last opening in the cover. Make the same crochet edging at the bottom of the hat as the scarf. I made three pompoms and attached them at the top of the hat. just look at them, I hope they will look as nice as mine. 













Enjoy knitting and crocheting this project beside the fire place in your warm home. 












Christmas Hat and Tree Granny Squares



These two granny squares would make an adorable Christmas blanket. They are easy and don't need a lot of time to make. You only need to know the basic crochet stitches.

The measurement for one square is approximately 11 cm x 11 cm, 4.3 inch x 4.3 inch.

You are going to need:
  • The yarn I used is called Florence 100% cotton 50 g/ 125 meter in colours red, green and white.
  • Fifteen 5 mm beads and a star for the tree.  I had black ones, so I painted them with a gold nail polish.
  • I tried making the pompom with the cotton yarn, but it looked very stiff and not fluffy. So I made them with Plymouth Encore DK (75% acrylic 25% wool) in the colour white. 
  • Hook size 3.5 mm.   
  • Tapestry needle.
Notes: 
  • The tutorial is written in American Terminology. 
  • leave an 8 cm / 3 inch of yarn at the beginning of the hat and tree triangle.
  • In the square I start each round with ch 2 .
  • Repeat everything between *( )* the stated number of times.

The Hat:


Round 1: with red yarn make ch 2, in the second chain from the hook make 2 sc, ch 1, turn. This will be the right side of the hat.

Round 2-12: make sc into each st, in the last st make 2 scs, ch 1, turn.

Cut off the yarn. DO NOT weave in the loose end at the beginning of the triangle.

Round 13: with white yarn make a standing sc in the last st of round 11, sc into each st , make two scs in the last st, ch 1, turn
.
Round 14: sc into each st, two scs into the last st.


Cut off the yarn weave in the loose end.


The Square:

With the green yarn make a magic ring.

Round 1: ch 2 (count as a dc), 2 dc, ch 2, *(3 dc, ch 2)* repeat 2 times. Sl st into 2nd chain in the beginning of the round.

Round 2-3: ch 2, dc into each st, in the corner make (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), sl st into 2nd chain in the beginning of the round. 




Round 4: ch 2, dc in to the next 8 sts, 2 dc in the corner, ch 2, 




Place the hat on the square, for the next dc, yo, insert the hook into the first sc in the hat and the ch-2 space, yo, pull through two loops, yo, pull through two loops. Repeat this step for the next dc inserting the hook into the second sc of the hat. 




*(Yo, insert the hook into the next sc in the hat and the next dc in the square, yo, pull through two loops, yo, pull through two loops)* repeat 10 times.


*(Yo, insert the hook into the next sc in the hat and the ch-2 space corner of the square, yo, pull through two loops, yo, pull through two loops)* repeat one more time.

Ch 2, 2 dc into the ch 2 space corner, continue the round with dc into each dc, and (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in each corner.  sl st into 2nd chain in the beginning of the round.

Round 5: ch 2, dc into each st, in the corner make (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), sl st into 2nd chain in the beginning of the round. Cut off the yarn weave in the loose end.

Round 6: With the white yarn make a standing double crochet (or ch 2), dc into each st, in the corner make (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), sl st into standing double crochet in the beginning of the round. Cut off the yarn weave in the loose end.

Round 7: With the red yarn make a standing sc (or chain 1), sc into each st, in the corner make (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), sl st into standing single crochet in the beginning of the round . Cut off the yarn weave in the loose end.

Finishing the square: 
Using a tapestry needle insert the loose thread at the beginning of the hat into the 8th dc of round 4 from the right, and weave in the loose end.




I Followed this easy video tutorial to make the pompom. Use a 16 cm / 6 inch long yarn to tie the pompom. do not cut it. We are going to use it to join the pompom to the square



Insert the yarn you used to make the pompom using a needle into the same st. Weave it in.





The Tree:

String the beads before you start

Round 1: with the green yarn make ch 2, in the second chain from the hook make 2 sc, ch 1, and turn. 

Round 2: This will be the right side of the tree. Make sc into each st in the last st make 2 scs, ch 1, turn.

Round 3: make sc into the next 2 st, move a bead next to the last sc, 2 sc into the next st. the bead will be placed on the other side of the triangle (the right side). Ch 1, turn.







Round 4: make sc into each st, in the last st make 2 scs, ch 1, turn.

Round 5: *(sc into the next 2 st, move a bead next to the last sc)* repeat one time, 2 sc into the last st, ch 1, turn.

Round 6: make sc into each st, in the last st make 2 scs, ch 1, turn.

Round 7: *(sc into the next 2 st, move a bead next to the last sc)* repeat two times . 2 sc into the last st, ch 1, turn.

Round 8: make sc into each st, in the last st make 2 scs, ch 1, turn.

Round 9: *(sc into the next 2 st, move a bead next to the last sc)* repeat three times .2 sc into the last st, ch 1, turn.

Round 10: make sc into each st, in the last st make 2 scs, ch 1, turn.

Round 11:*(sc into the next 2 st, move a bead next to the last sc)* repeat four times .2 sc into the last st, ch 1, turn.

Round 12-13: make sc into each st, in the last st make 2 scs, ch 1, turn.

Round 14: make sc into each st, in the last st make 2 scs. Cut off the yarn. DO NOT weave in the loose end at the beginning of the triangle.

Repeat the same steps used to make the square for the hat, Using white yarn for round 1-5, the red yarn for round 6 and the green yarn for round 7.






Finishing the square: string the star in the loose end of the yarn. Using a tapestry needle insert the yarn into the 10th dc of round 5 from the right.Weave in loose end.










Please tell me in the comments if you are having any problems.

Happy Crocheting!

Check out my other Christmas Granny Square. Available for purchase on Ravelry.